Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia hospital joins May Clinic Care Network

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A Columbus hospital is joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that St. Francis Hospital becomes one of 22 facilities in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Hospital officials announced the partnership Wednesday.

Dr. Stephen Lange, Southeast medical director of the network, says it means that patients at the Columbus hospital will have access to Mayo's expertise, research and emerging clinical trends.

Lange is based at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. The system's flagship operation and headquarters is in Rochester, Minn. A third clinic is in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,

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New library could close amid funding woes 

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The new Twiggs County public library is in danger of closing.

The Telegraph of Macon reports that the library could close its doors as soon as next week, just days after Georgia's first lady dedicated the facility.

Billy Humphries, acting chairman of the library's board of trustees, said the board has no choice but to close the library because the three local governments that fund it have either reduced or cut funding entirely. The library gets its funding from the Twiggs County Commission, the Twiggs County school board and the city of Jeffersonville.

The library was built with about $1.15 million in state money and about $650,000 in insurance money after the previous library burned down in April 2010.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph,

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Georgia man arrested for computer tampering in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Georgia man accused of trying to access confidential information being stored in the State of Alabama computer system has been arrested.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said Thursday that 19-year-old Thomas Jack Hixon, of Chickamauga, Ga., surrendered to authorities at the Calhoun County Sheriff's office.

Strange says Hixon is accused of computer tampering and seeking to obtain criminal offender record information under false pretenses. Authorities say the man violated the Alabama Digital Crime Act and may face prison time and fines for each criminal charge.

It's unclear if Hixon has an attorney.

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Portion of Civil War ironclad ship recovered in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Divers scanning the Savannah River recovered part of a Civil War Confederate ironclad ship earlier this week.

U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers crews retrieved the 64 square-foot top portion of the CSS Georgia on Tuesday. The section, known as the casemate, was a protective shell that covered the ship and could be seen from above water.

The ship was recovered ahead of the planned expansion of the Savannah harbor, which is awaiting congressional funding officials said

The recovered portion of the ship will be taken to Texas A&M University, Army Corps of Engineers archaeologist Julie Morgan told the Savannah Morning News.

"Tuesday's retrieval will play a major role in creating a research design to effectively remove the CSS Georgia before expanding the shipping channel along this stretch of the Savannah River," Morgan said. "It took a dedicated team working in some very tough conditions to bring this piece to the surface."

Portions of the ship sit near Fort Jackson and archaeologist Stephen James told WSAV-TV that the ship was built in 1862.

"She was underpowered so she basically sat out opposite Fort Jackson as a gun battery, between the fort and the iron clad ram, she protected the city from Union naval forces," James told the station. "It never fired a shot. When Sherman's army took the city she was scuttled just before the city was taken and abandoned."

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Police fatally shot alleged Georgia robbery suspect 

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials say the alleged suspect in an armed robbery has been fatally shot by police in Columbus.

Authorities say 27-year-old Willie Williams was shot on Fort Benning Road after refusing an order from police to drop his weapon on Wednesday night. The man was pronounced dead Thursday at the Midtown Medical Center.

The officer who was involved in the shooting has been placed on paid leave while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Columbus Police Department investigate the incident.

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Georgia man charged in fatal crash during police chase 

NASHVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a 38-year-old man has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide after crashing into another car during a police chase.

Georgia State Patrol officials say Israel Timothy Rutland, of Tifton, is charged in the deaths of 23-year-old Matthew Dean Horton and 32-year-old Kelly Marie Prescott, who were killed on Tuesday.

State patrol officials have said the two were hit by Rutland's truck as he eluded police. Trooper Richard Kennedy says another woman also suffered non-life threatening injuries and is hospitalized in Tallahassee, Fla.

Authorities say Rutland broke his back in the crash and is hospitalized in Macon. It's unclear if he has an attorney. Authorities say Rutland was wanted by sheriff's officials in nearby Tift County for a hit and run crash last week.

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